Those of you in Omaha, make sure you get out there and vote. End of public service announcement.
Look for an interview with Okkervil River online right here tomorrow morning. The band’s new CD, Black Sheep Boy, goes on sale today. It’s a return to the tuneful songwriting that was heard on their first Jagjaguwar release, Don’t Fall in Love with Everyone You See, and hence, is a must-have.
A few other observations on this warm April morning;
— I noticed that Kasabian has already sold their hit, “Club Foot,” to Pontiac and that it’s being used in new commercials, one of which aired last night during The Finals (Congratulations Roy Williams and the Kansas Jayhawks! er, North Carolina Tarhills! I had you going down two rounds ago). I predict we will all quickly get sick of this song now, unfortunately. I also noticed that Kasabian has rolled out a live version of “Club Foot” on video that’s receiving airplay on MTV2 (I have a feeling they won’t be bringing that gear to Omaha). You add it all up, and the May 29 Sokol Underground show is going to sell out. It’s only April, and Kasabian has arguably released the single of the year. Oh yeah, the band is currently selling out all of its UK shows. The new Radiohead?
— CMT — that’s Country Music Television for all you Yankees — is showing a “Behind the Music”-style documentary called “Controversy: Johnny Cash vs. Music Row,” which is a must see. The hour-long “rockumentary” was broadcast last night and is a scathing criticism of Nashville’s treatment of Cash throughout his career but especially during his Rick Ruben years, when the CMA and country radio failed to recognize his American Recordings releases as “country music,” though they arguably were some of the most important C&W records released from the mid-’90s on. It’s being rebroadcast this Friday at 7 p.m. CT.
— The first REM/Bright Eyes reviews are in from Australia, including this brief one from theage.com. They like our boy down under.
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